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Sep 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
death sentence handed down to iraq's sunni vice president, tariq al-hashimi, as fears there rise of spreading sectarian violence. >> brown: special correspondent john tulenko reports on a community college program that has turned wine into jobs in washington state. >> i wanted to teach them how to make good wine. we got the medals. wow, we did it. it's happening. >> woodruff: making a tough call in the heat of a pennant race. we'll talk about why the washington nationals have benched ace pitcher stephen strasburg. >> brown: and lessons in tv reporting, as therapy for kids with asperger's syndrome. >> my favorite part about action 7 is getting to do what all the others get to do and letting your friends and be you. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: soon computing intelligence in unexpected places will change our lives in truly profound ways. technology can provide customized experiences, tailored to individual consumer preferences. igniting a world of possibilities from the inside out, sponsoring tomorrow starts
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Sep 14, 2012 12:00pm EDT
this up as they go along. lara and i saw this in iraq when we were recovering that conflict. at the start of the conflict many of those who were fighting in the name of saddal hussein regarded the jihadist with a kind of contempt. gradually they became allies and the next thing you know they are not ridinged tiger, the tiger was riding them and the jihaddists had taken over the fight. then of course there was a long period. >> then you had the awakening to split them apart. >> so there is an arc to these events. and hopefully if these things are inevitable, hopefully that arc is shortened. and the syrians learn from the iraqi experience and the next revolution overlearns from them. >> where are we with respect to iraq today, not some of we, where is iraq today. >> it's a country still trying to find a way to work different elements of that society are trying to work with each other. there is too much pent up resentment among the shiite force the sunnies there is a relatively new resentment among the sunnis of the shiites and they are still trying too sort out, there has not been a r
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Sep 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
down. meanwhile, "the new york times" cited reports that iraq is again allowing iran to use its air space to fly weapons to the syrian regime. the iraqis had shut down the air corridor earlier this year, under u.s. pressure. a former police chief who touched off a major scandal in china has been charged with defection, taking bribes and abusing his power. state media announced the charges against wang lijun today. in february, wang briefly took refuge at a u.s. consulate after being demoted as police chief in a city in southwestern china. that led to the ouster of bo xilai-- his former boss-- as communist party leader there. bo is still under investigation. last month, bo's wife gu kailai was given a suspended death sentence for the murder of a british businessman. in afghanistan, the military announced today it has arrested or expelled hundreds of soldiers, as part of an effort to stop so-called insider attacks on foreign troops. the attacks come as the u.s. tries to continue its plan to transition out of afghanistan. margaret warner has the story. >> warner: on a pre-convention sw
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Sep 18, 2012 10:00pm EDT
the sunnis in iraq, who were cleaned out of every major government agency. >> over time, bashar al-assad was successful in convincing the majority of the alawites that his political survival is synonymous with their physical survival. and they have started seeing this fight in existential terms. >> it's very understandable why alawites would believe today that if they were to lose, they would lose more than the privileges that the regime has had. they would lose everything. >> narrator: the alawites' improbable rise to power in syria was set in motion by bashar's father, hafez al-assad. his path to power was through the military, which was dominated by alawites. a rising star in syria's socialist ba'ath party, at age 40, he engineered a coup to seize the presidency. >> hafez al-assad rose to power from the bottom up. he had to fight the battles that came with the coup d'états, that came with trying to corral the different forces of the country into his camp. >> he knew he had to gain support of the other minorities-- the druze, the christians, the shiites. so he said, "i'm a minor
WETA
Sep 26, 2012 12:00am EDT
council, the americans were telling us unless we authorize the use of force against iraq, we would be on the wrong part of history. and it turns out to be that there was no anthrax in that file. >> rose: okay. a program note the prime minister mario monti was scheduled to be on our program, minister mario monti was scheduled to be on our program, he will be tomorrow night. tonig the prime minister of russia. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: sergey lavrov is here, he has served as russia's foreign minister since 204. he is in new york for the united nations general assembly. the conflict in syria is an essential focus. president obama spoke about the issue earlier today. >> in syria, the future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people. if there's a cause that cries out for protest in the world today, peaceful protest. in a regime that tortures children and shoots rockets at apartment buildings. we must remain engaged to assure that what began with citizens demanding the rights does not end in the
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Sep 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
stop war, but he would have been aggressive, used the cia and technology to stop iraq from getting a bomb. iran from getting a bomb. he was an all-or-nothing guy. if you are going to fight a war, all the way. >> which, ironically, is what the israelis are asking of obama. draw the line, you are the biggest power in the world. the only thing netanyahu said at the u.n. this week -- the only thing that could change course. i want to respond to my liberal pals. i cannot respond to -- i cannot believe you are covering for the administration when they said five days later that was obviously a terror attack. why pretend that it was a demonstration? >> it would not be a good plan if there were pretended to say something different -- >> it is a good plan because the blogger you draw it out, the less the public cares about it. it works. who talks about it? >> we are talking about it. >> pbs section of the show -- give me a break. >> now you are insulting the audience. >> the 9 people in america who care about this stuff. what about the others? >> i bet they want to kill the people who did th
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Sep 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
between syria and iraq. the biggest crisis of his time during the secretary general. he opposed the military occupation and his outspoken in his criticism for president bush's push for force. >> they were so determined to take action that i'm not sure they were ready to listen. when you're in that situation, you do make mistakes. you provoke others. >> he says the echoes of the war are with us all today, even in syria. >> the war in iraq exercised to the jihadists who rushed to fight. we are likely to see the same in syria if we do not handle it properly. >> that was last week for the c- span program, "after words peak of the most high-profile defector has described how they helped him escape his home land. french services helped him escape, but he refused to reveal more the details in the fear he could endanger people's lives. his defection was seen as a major blow to the damascus government. he is being touted as a potential figurehead for the opposition. members of the new parliament have elected and academic ending two decades of political transition. he is seen as a moderate an
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Sep 26, 2012 1:00am EDT
, after the earthquake, and what sparked in my head was katrina, iraq, katrina. 250,000 people under the rubble, 80% of the people living on less than $2 a day. wet was the greatest asset possess? human capital. i said, who is going to negotiate with these people. i have been wearing my flag to get a group of people to pay attention to this country. this is the time there is a soft spot and they feel week. who is going to be there for better policies and legislation? i felt with my passion and the youth behind me, i was the man for the job. tavis: there were some technical issues that kept you from running, but how did you perceive the efforts to keep you from the ballot? >> i got bamboozled. not in the sense of being emotional, and in a sense of the law. i was a diplomat five years prior to the current president now, who is a friend of mine with a diplomatic passport, and my title was ambassador at large, so the residency laws do not really apply, because how would you give me a five-year passports if i am not a haitian citizen? the same goes for my uncle who also ran and was also bambo
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Sep 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
her, preparing to cast their first vote, face a different set of issues from the iraq war that loomed large last time. >> some of the issues that weren't as prominent are now coming into light for education and health care. those weren't an issue during the campaign in 2008 so much as the war in iraq was, etc. but for us, you know, we're focused on college, focused on health care, focused on equality and i think those are things that are having more focus. >> reporter: as the city's convention seventh celebration, carolina fest, there were signs democrats can still count on carrying young voters. >> reporter: the reaction from the r.n.c. and the republican picks, the v.p. pick has angered a lot of people. i think their platform is very extreme. i go to university of tennessee chat no goo ga and in two days we registered almost 200 students. most of them seem like democratic prospects. >> suarez: but will they vote? >> i think a lot of my peers aren't voting. i think most of them don't care yet or feel like they'll make a difference even if they do vote. >> suarez: she says stud
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Sep 24, 2012 11:30pm EDT
iraq for those-- was not a justification in a clear way-- there was no justification by the u.s. government at that time. and this is what created confusion as far as this position. however the attacks themselves we continue to condemn them. >> rose: as well you should-- as well as you have. i'm aware of that. do you believe the united states-- the principle concern in the arab world about the united states comes from the absence of a palestinian/israeli peace, the afghanistan and the iraqi war and what else? what else is it that the united states has done that you believe must be rectified or put behind the united states in order to have the growing productive intelligent relationship with an arab world that's changing. >> ( translated ): and as an egyptian there's no animosity between us and the people of america this understanding does not exist. however the sensitivity and the worry that the egyptian people the middle east is because of some positions on past u.s. governments in matters that you mentioned with regard to the palestinians with what happened in iraq and in afgh
WETA
Sep 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
a targeted assassination. they are looking into the family's background in iraq. the police have spent hours today talking to other holidaymakers searching through the camp site, trying to find any clue that might explain what has happened. so what do we know? the family left the camp site yesterday around lunchtime. they drove their bmw from the small town along a tourist route through the forest. the next we know is that just before 4:00 local time, their car was found by a british cyclist. inside were the bodies of the three adult members of the family. outside -- the older daughter was found seriously injured. the body of a local man was also discovered. it is thought he might have been shot because he happened to witness the killings. police sealed off the area, and it was only when forensic teams arrived from paris eight hours later that the four-year-old girl was found in the car, hiding under her dead mother's legs. the little girl was deeply upset and traumatized, says the local prosecutor. she has asked for her family. we need to help her and her older sister explain to
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Sep 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
iraq, haiti, and let the dog. he needs time to draw up his own plan. >> i don't have a plan yet. i don't want to pretend that i have things that do not work. i wish it were possible via bouncing to stop the fighting. it doesn't work that way. dodge the parting advice was that the president had to step down. coming under criticism from syria opposition groups. they're calling for fundamental change. >> change is unavoidable. governments accepted have otherwise they will have problems. about how to resolve deepening crisis, and the past, this a blunt mediator resigned when he did not get the support he needed. if he doesn't get it this time, he doesn't have a job. for now, his job is to talk to as many people as possible. he is also lowering expectations to what we can achieve. >> i spoke in new york just a short time ago. and you think he took on what he told you was a nearly impossible task? >> he did hesitate for a few days. he had qualms about taking on such a difficult assignment and he had been in constant touch with his very good friend. he knew very well the massive difficult
WETA
Sep 6, 2012 12:30am EDT
of mass destruction were never found in iraq. good his foreign policy centered on going into iraq and getting rid of those weapons of mass destruction was alive. his administration showed remarkable indifference to the plight of most americans. what happened in new orleans and katrina is a good example. mitt romney and the republicans would like to pretend the and ministration did not happen. taking a five trillion $10-year surplus bequeaths to it by the clinton administration and turning into a a giant new deficit and saying to wall street, do whatever you want. we are not going to look at you. he makes the case against mitt romney. that is one of the most important things. and with that kind of cynicism, the special interests to win everything. the only thing we can get our democracy back is if we understand we have got to be active, and it is not just paying taxes and serving on juries and showing up. we have got to be engaged, mobilize, energized. we have got to demand this work for us as ordinary people, as average working americans who need an economy working for us, not jus
WETA
Sep 5, 2012 8:00pm EDT
iraq and afghanistan were going to get ignored. myself and several friends, vietnam guys, we decided we were going to step up for the last eight and a half years i've been making sure that when the folks come home not only are they welcomed but that they are taken care of. we focus with the critically injured soldiers coming back to walter reed. when a soldier gets better and starts to think about leaving the hospital for the first time. we like to be the guys to take them out for a steak dinner. it's good to see them go out to society with wound as an injuries and be suck ceaseful -- successful. we take care of things that come up. we help with resumes, interviewing skills, help them meeting up with mentors and support teams. we're vets we know what they are going through. i feel so privileged to have the opportunity to meet these folks. whenever one of theseuys tries to thank me. i said you got this all wrong, you are giving me a gift. can i help you. -- i can help you. >> that's me, sir. >> president obama has fought for veterans. those of us who stood up to protect our country no
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Sep 13, 2012 12:00pm EDT
talk to the alawites and actually to draw the lesson of iraq because we touched on the issue of what's going to happen in syria afterwards and one of the lessons of iraq is that if you do not just decapitate the regime but you destroy it totally you can create anarchy. the country goes to pieces. and the idea would be for part of the leadership of the army, part of the ma machinery of government and part of the opposition to link up at least a transitional arrangement that would enable the country to step away from the abyss. so that's being tried so far unsuccessfully. >> rose: what kind of fear is there that somehow these chemical weapons may fall in the wrong hands? >> serious fear. bashar al-assad demonstrated in the past that he sometimes doesn't know... doesn't have these red lines, for instance when he tried to build a nuclear bomb with north korean help. that shows a basic lack of judgment, so i'm afraid that you may develop a syndrome when the end comes near and then he may send the chemical weapons to the wrong hands, to hazard, or he can use them against his people or
WETA
Sep 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
president did the right thing in getting our troops out of iraq. and i go to a lot of line of duty funerals, charlie. a lot of gf nevers do. nothing will make me happier than to have those men and women home. >> what's the president's, is there an obama doctrine s there a foreign policy you can look at and say here, i understand what the president is doing in foreign policy. >> well, i think the-- i think what we understand, what i see the president doing in foreign policy is recognizing the america's greatest power is its power of our principals, that-- principleses, that we're recognized as a great nation because of our commitment to liberty, freedom, justice, equal rights, for men and women. and i think that the president understands that and i think his foreign policy is one of an enlightened engagement with other cultures and nations of the world. and i believe that that is really bhas's in america's best interest. >> give me a sense of how you see where america is, and what it needs to do in the next ten years to be all that it can be. >> i think we need to return to our true
WETA
Sep 6, 2012 12:00am EDT
part of that process, the focus was on to some extent the transition with wars in iraq and afghanistan. we quickly got on to the economy. the process of building the work for building the recovery act was monumental and it occurred quite rapidly and i think the one question that i still wrestle with in my mind is, did -- we were in the process of doing a lot of different things and the repeat idaholy with which the recovery act went through and sort of getting away from it i think didn't really help educate the public about what they were likely to experience and what the story line and narrative was. so we kind of -- the administration kind of moved on quickly to other priorities which we had prepared in the administration particularly the health care. in retrospect we didn't have good answers to the housing crisis and we didn't stay on that economic argument about job creation long enough really. >> charlie:back in a moment. stay with us krsmght we continuel analysis. john harris of politico and jeff disel any of the new york times. i'm meesed to of them here. where are we in terms o
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Sep 26, 2012 11:00pm EDT
with respect to syria and lebanon and iran and iraq, the french ought to play a significant role because they have a history there? >> not only because of that. it is true that we know these regions. we think them very well. because we have been in these regions for a long time. and it is true that's international community acknowledges that france has a good knowledge of these countries. but it's not because of that, that we must play a role. it's because france is one of the the five nations, who is a permanent member of the security council. we have a nuclear power. we are-- if i may say so-- an infantry power. and so if we can bring something to a better world safer, it's our role. it's the reason why we are permanent members of the security council. >> rose: had to do when the sciewrs council was established. >> yes, that's true but we have to deserve our role today. >> rose: i'm not suggesting otherwise. i'm interested in this-- what role should france play in the world and how it sees its role and is there a difference between the poarn policy views. >> there are elements
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Sep 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
end of the war in iraq. he broke the back of al qaeda. we're drawing down our troops in afghan stafn. let's not forget that he killed bin laden. those are real promises in 2008. another promise in 200 is how we were going to strengthen the middle class. because the middle class suffered from this recession but they've been suffering for a long time. decades of policies that left them behind. that's the one thing that has been driving the president over the course of the last four years. you know, that's why we passed the ledbetter act so that women could be equal bread winners for their middle class families across the country. that's why we passedded health care reform to make sure that people's economic security didn't depend on their health security. we are going to be running on our ideas. we're going to be running on our path forward. we're very much looking forward to thursday night. >> woodruff: when one of your main democratic services asked is the country better off today than it was four years ago he said no. was he off message? >> i was sitting next to him when he said tha
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00pm EDT
months. in iraq, some 80 inmates, including al qaeda militants, break hathed overnk ht in tikrit after several convicts seized weapons from a prison storeroom. they clashed with security guards for hours before overpowering them and breaking free. a dozen people were killed, including ten guards. iraqi officials said 36 of the inmates were later recaptured. police in minneapolis said the gunman in an office shooting yesterday had been fired hours before he killed four people and then himself. another of the shooting victims died in the hospital today. last evening, dozens of police and swat team officials swarmed a minneapolis neighborhood after a man opened fire at a sign- making business. the company's owner and a ups driver were among those killed. three other people were injured in the shootings. the u.s. postal service will miss its next payment to the treasury, due on sunday. the $5.6 billion will be its second default in as many months. postmaster general patrick donahoe said he has already slashed as much as he can from the agency's operating costs without legislative app
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Sep 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
in foreign policy he has kept us safe and ended the war in iraq and i think that really as the first lady was talking about, we have gotten to know him. and i think has demonstrated the character and the leadership that we need. during this difficult time. >> and why is the race tied? well, i mean, the economy is tough. and it's hard times. and so i think that -- but i think everybody should really take advantage of the privilege that we all have living in this country and do research on the things that matter to them. this is going to be a close election and votes will count. and i grew up hearing it's one person, my father would not have been elected president and we know that was a tremendous choice. people should realize that their vote counts and they should really take advantage and get involved. it's fun. >> caroline kennedy you've studied history the daughter of a president someone close to someone your uncle, ted kennedy who ran for president. the republicans have really tried to paint this president as a socialist practically somebody who just wants government to takeover e
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Sep 21, 2012 8:30pm EDT
than the president. >> barack obama's foreign policy got us out of iraq, is getting us out of afghanistan, has killed osama bin laden, and has said in the future we are going to target our enemies. we are not going to do five or 10-year occupation of foreign countries. >> bad things that happen overseas happen to president. they do not happen to other candidates. i don't really see that mitt romney is able to do that. what is he going to do? have troops on the ground in lots of these places? the american people do not want that right now. >> what do you do if there is a revolution in iran next time? in israel, you are now going to distance yourself from the elected prime minister and it shows that you want to create gratuitously distance between you and israel as a way to gain favor on the arab side. >> we cannot turn over our foreign policy initiative to the current prime minister of israel. the united states must keep israel out as our most important ally in the middle east to save time doing what is right for the united states'. >> the polls show that people did not like th
WETA
Sep 11, 2012 12:00pm EDT
addition to the foreign ministers of the permanent five we had qatar, kuwait, turkey and iraq there, with the secretaries general of the arab league and the u.n.. and the whole idea was to review syria, not in the competitive sort of where this group supports but to come together to see how we can move forward. and we agreed on the need for political transition and political settlement. and came up with guidelines and principleses for political-- if you wish a road map basically saying there has to be an interim government, an interim government that will have full executive power. we need to try and maintain the security forces so that people will be protected and particularly in a situation where they also have chemical weapons. that has to be protected. as well as insurance that governmental institutions do not collapse. nobody wants a chaotic collapse. and everybody agreed. all, and they were to come to new york and endorse that agreement. that has not been done yet. >> why not? >> i think when they got to new york they did not focus on building on that substantive gain in again
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Sep 6, 2012 8:00pm EDT
courage to oppose the war in iraq, as president he showed the determination to bring our troops back home. [ applause ] barack obama is the kind of leader my father wrote about in "profiles and courage." he doesn't just do what is easy, he does what is hard. he does what is right. my father couldn't run for a second term. it was left to his brothers, his family and the generation they inspired to fight for the america they believed in. now it's up to a new generation our children's generation to carry america forward. so let me say to the young and the young at heart, barack obama is only president because you worked for him because you believed in him because uconn vinceed your parents to vote for him. young people have always led america towards a brighter future. it happened in 1960. it happened in 2008 and if you show the same spirit in this election as you did in the last, i know that we'll make history again on november 6. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> woodruff: caroline kennedy daughter of late president john f kennedy, niece to the late senator ted kennedy. now down ray
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Sep 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
destruction. >> killed for being gay. authorities in iraq are behind the systematic persecution of homosexuals, and capturing the world in color a century after usmovies broke out in black and white, the first films are being discovered. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. no american ambassador has been killed in the line of duty since 1979, but today the flags haveeen put at half mast in honor of chris stevens. the u.s. ambassador and three other diplomats were killed in the raid. the white house is investigating whether the attacks were planned, and president obama has promised to bring the killers to justice. >> in the darkness and confusion, witnesses said the area was cordoned off by heavily armed men. the attack was linked with an american film the attackers then insulting the prophet mohammed. >> we have to stop this. stopping the film is our hope. >> by the morning the u.s. consulate in bengasi was in ruins, but this was not the first attack. in june the convoy was hit. no one was killed, and the un has also been targeted. the u.s. ambassador chr
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Sep 17, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, a retired army lieutenant colonel, and veteran of both iraq wars. he's commanded u.s. trainers of both iraqi and afghan forces. and vali nasr, dean of the school of advanced international studies at johns hopkins university. he served in the obama administration's state department focusing on afghanistan and pakistan. gentlemen, thank you both for being with us. vali nasr, let me start with you. general dempsey, we heard him say this is a very serious threat to the war effort. we know that secretary panetta, in addition to what we just heard him say, also called this the last gasp of a dying insurgency. who is right? >> well, the taliban have been under pressure for some time, but they are proving to be very entrepreneurial and effective in carrying out new ways of attack. they're trying to send a message to the afghan people that they still have fight in them, that they have momentum on their side. i think the fact that these attacks continue and we see more and more americans and foreign troops die and there is audacious attacks on bases, the result does worry the afghan populat
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Sep 7, 2012 12:30am EDT
george bush went to take on iraq and afghanistan. al qaeda is nothing more than an interdependent ngo of a very pernicious kind. tavis: interdependence, we heard some of this at the rnc, and we have heard some of that at the democratic convention this week, but speak to me about this notion, this gospel of american exceptionalism that some americans are still preaching. >> tavis, that is such an important question. politicians have to do it. when president obama was elected, he had made a speech where he talked about america is part of the world, and he went to istanbul and cairo in his first year and talked about independence and the need to work together, and he was punished by the media and his own party, and the result is he talks mainly about america, we are number one, god bless america, and i do one god to bless america, but i want them to bless the whole world. the focus on the american exhibition where, first of all, every nation thinks it is exceptional. in switzerland, they talk about it, and in france, they talk about it that the french think similarly. and this does not m
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Sep 7, 2012 11:30pm EDT
forward, and with the congress in 1944, it was the gil bill, it was with bush 41, it was iraq and the mission to kuwait and doing the right thing in terms of the 1990 budget deal which bill clinton will tell you help set up the prosperity of the 1990s and george herbert walker bush when he broke the read my lips pledge in 1990 he would lose the presidency. >> we continue this evening with a look at president obama from two people who have written extensively about him, they are peter baker of "the new york times" and jonathan alter. >> if you look at it just in terms of his accomplishments, if you go down the list of what got done in the first two years, he obliterates bill clinton in terms of achievements as law is passed which is often the way that presidents are judged, obviously clinton had a better economy and conditions of the country were better, he did better on deficit reduction. >> but in terms of changing the structure of government and laws with long-term impact on all kind of things that people don't even think about from mileage standards to stirring up tens of billi
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Sep 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
extensive war in iraq has now come to an end. a step in the right direction. the automobile industry was gone, it's number one again. working in ohio it's in the right direction. >> woodruff: my point is what we heard from senator reid is criticism of mitt romney. is that going to be enough. >> no. they are benefiting from it. the americans whose health was covered now, the message is more healthcare and the message that an unnecessary war has ended. i think if we do that andç remn positive andç remain call throh the count attack, you're not american, you're not born, you're not one of us it comes down to that level of k35eu7bing. >> ifill: we'll listen to some members of the house. when you look at the face on the party how has it changed since us ran for president in 1988. >> in equality, you see more women in different roles now. i think -- used to see blacks and latinos and whites and browns in south carolina. the act pulled down the walls and built bridges. you can have the carolina in that -- we have made a new america and we're not going back, we're going forward.
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Sep 11, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. it did not make american save and it did not make countries like iraq and afghanistan substantially save for themselves. i think we have seen a change in strategy with a much more targeted approach toward eradicating the al qaeda network. and now we are really refocusing on how to return to american power, with our economy and other things. the time for crusades and the like are long past. >> there was a protest in yemen just yesterday. but we had a -- we had in al qaeda untifigure killed there. sentiment can easily turn against america, what of the strategy, whether it is put on the ground or drones in the air. >> there is concern that the use of smart power is quite an developed in the u.s. we can go in with our military is, whether targeted strikes or large numbers of boots on the ground, and have some sort of impact. but what we are still not very good at is the diplomacy, and the cultural diplomacy and economic diplomacy as well we did that during the cold war time frame, but we have not done that well in the muslim world. >> the family of the young christian girl accused of bl
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Sep 19, 2012 11:00pm EDT
were the most organized force. we saw in iraq-- which is interesting-- is the islamist parties there also won the first election. they failed and then people demanded more multisectarian, less religious parties. whether egypt will go through that transition i don't know charlie. here's the one thing we do know about egypt, though, which is very important. iran is the story of political islam in power to buy off all the contradiction. saudi arabia is a story of political islam phenomenon pow with oil to buy off all the contradiction. egypt will be the first grand experiment of political islam in power in the arab world without oil. and therefore you can see that tension right now. i mean, basically, you know, obama calls morsi and says "what's going on inside our m.b.a. baahsy? we're trying to figure out whether to give you a billion dollars in debt relief and that's not going to happen if you guys burn dour our embassy." and he's torn. my constituents, my party wants me to be on the top of the embassy raising the islamic flag and meanwhile i beter get this billion dollars from
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Sep 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT
and russia. obviously he's got the uwe united states out of iraq. the united states after going up has now come down to some extent in afghanistan. the middle east, even though it's turbulent, is more open than it was. so i think the president in general can point to some areas where he moved forward and some areas obviously his critics will say where he movedded back. all in all it's a defense i believe and defendable record. >> ifill: i want to walk through some of that piece by piece. referencing the president's speech today, he turned over a big chunk of it to talking about the difference between railing against or speaking out against violence... violent extremism versus protecting free speech. why was so much devoted to that topic? >> gwen, i thought it was an interesting speech. very reflective speech. i think probably designd by the president and his advisors to try to heal some of the wounds that have been so apparent between the muslim world and the united states over these last two weeks, these very tragic weeks. i thought it was interesting the way he framed the issue.
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Aug 31, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, charlie, is very simple. that serious yah is iraq. it's just the twin sister. it's a ba'athist regime ruling a multiethnic society. iraq had a sunni minority ruling a shiite majority with kurds and other minorities on the side. syria has a shiite minority ruling a sunni majority with kurds and other minorities. they are mirror images of each other. now, what happened in iraq was we pulled the pin. we removed the dictator at the top and that led to an explosion sand what american did in iraq was the geopolitical equivalent >> rose: we weren't prepared for what would happen after we removed the pin. >> but then we did the geopolitical equivalent of falling on a grenade. we absorbed the entire explosion. we iraqis most of all. i'm saying our presence there prevented it from becoming a regional conflagration. and we then presided over-- largely because of mistakes originally-- but in many cases it was probably inevitable a civil war as the parties contested the new balance of power. we let them each test each other. they finally reached a point of exhaustion and balance. we then midwife a
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm EDT
attempt at reptilian reproduction doesn't end in tears of a different variety. >> to the wars in iraq and afghanistan have dramatically increased the number of troops or about suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder. here in the u.s., 300,000 troops are estimated to be affected. the military is planning millions to help veterans cut when they return home. we visited the u.s. military technology lab in washington state and since this report. >> the human hamster ball and aren't any big. it is virtual reality technology on trial by the u.s. military to help treat veterans for posttraumatic stress. in this case, recreating a foot patrol in iraq or sitting at the wheel of an armored car when a roadside bomb goes off. they are a frequent cause of trauma, recreating what happens in the way it happens, reliving events as realistically as possible, one way of getting over a traumatic event. >> it may be appealing to service members and give us the opportunity to treat some that otherwise would not come in. and it may result of better treatment outcome. >> more computer came than sitting on
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Sep 14, 2012 8:30pm EDT
damage, that is where the real mistake was made. >> this piety did not exist in the iraq war. all of a sudden, this if an american dies, this is a story treated by the media. it did not work. >> it never worked. >> they never said it was an apology. they never said that word. >> it was a junior press officer at the embassy wanting to say something nice. >> i thought it was the senior guy? >> he is a press die. not the secretary of state or the president. you have this instant reaction, rapid-fire. camp without thinking for one second blast away and puts romney in a position where he has to -- >> the embassy issues a statement. who cares? they see this as the only statement out of the obama administration. >> they did not issue an apology. it was issued in anticipation of the reaction to the film. but they did not apologize. it took a clear position denouncing that kind of activity respecting the sensitivity of people of their religious faith. >> and how did expressing the sensitivity work out? >> it didn't. that does not mean they should not have tried. klutzy do not have the governm
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Sep 5, 2012 12:00am EDT
the so-called war on drugs? >> if you look at the timing, of the war in iraq happened, and then we started spending more time talking about the war on iraq and afghanistan, and the war on drugs was no longer front and center. no powerful interest group wanting to end the insanity of the war on france -- drugs. that is leading to half a million people going to jail for non-of violent and drug offenses, and the result of incarceration rates is we have millions of people who are felons and disenfranchised for life, so the unintended consequences are enormous and long-lasting, and what is interesting is the people are ahead of the politicians. over 90% of people believe treatment is more affective, and yet politicians are worried they are going to be perceived as weak on crime. they are continuing to fight a war we are never going to win. >> the third issue covered at these shadow conventions beyond poverty and drugs is a corrupt and -- is the corruption of politics by money. i cannot imagine -- i wish i were there to hear the conversations going on about money in politics this time ar
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Sep 12, 2012 1:00am EDT
like syria, you've got to be prepared, as we learned from iraq and afghanistan, to become the government, and i'm not sure any country, either the united states or i don't hear of anyone else, who's willing to take on that responsibility. the other proposal is to arm the opposition. that's certainly something you can look at, but make sure you know who you're arming and what you're liable to get from that solution. then provide safe havens for people in other countries may be a possibility, but i think stick with the political, diplomatic and economic track for the time being. tavis: again, i'm so tempted to continue picking your brain about these hotspots around the globe, but want to, again, as i promised, get to the text. there are a number of things, a number of political issues, for that matter, decisions that you've made in your life that you finally open up and talk about in the text, which allows me to some degree to continue this line of questioning. for example, you talked for the first time extensively about the un speech, and everybody knows when you say colin powe
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Sep 5, 2012 12:30am EDT
iraq has now come to an end. a step in the right direction. the automobile industry was gone, it's number one again. working in ohio it's in the right direction. >> woodruff: my point is what we heard from senator reid is criticism of mitt romney. is that going to be enough. >> no. they are benefiting from it. the americans whose health was covered now, the message is more healthcare and the message that an unnecessary war has ended. i think if we do that andç remn positive andç remain call throh the count attack, you're not american, you're not born, you're not one of us it comes down to that level of k35eu7bing. >> ifill: we'll listen to some members of the house. when you look at the face on the party how has it changed since us ran for president in 1988. >> in equality, you see more women in different roles now. i think -- used to see blacks and latinos and whites and browns in south carolina. the act pulled down the walls and built bridges. you can have the carolina in that -- we have made a new america and we're not going back, we're going forward. >> ifill: is it the kin
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Sep 25, 2012 12:30am EDT
, american foreign policy, some resentment of the various foreign wars that are being waged, iraq, for example, the dropo killings, all of that kind of stuff, but i think the anger comes from more profound sources been bet. these are people usually in places where the young men, almost all of them really have no prospects. no jobs. they have very little chance of making a good living for themselves, getting married, so there is a frustration, and that frustration is easily channeled by political leaders. they can be named. it becomes like letting off steam. tavis: we are heading into these presidential debates. one of these debates, it will be dealing with foreign policy, and we have already seen how mr. obama and mr. romney have responded. with libya and other parts of the world. what is your sense that they need to calibrate the situation going forward? >> it is a difficult thing for america, because i think it is very important to hold the line. it is important to say we have some fundamental freedoms in this country that we cherish and that we are not going to bat down from that. i
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